All the news that’s fit to print

I spent the evening putting the finishing touches on a newsletter blog for the Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter.

My goal was to get it out by September 4th. Actually, my goal was to get it out by September 1st.

Unfortunately, a couple of other goals ran concurrently. I was revising a section of a manuscript to enter in a contest. I was writing a synopsis to go along with the revision. I was doing several other things as well. I can’t remember what.

It is now the wee hours of September 5th.

For most of the evening, something did not work: the computer, the Internet connection, the website. I don’t know which.

Just minutes ago, I sent an e-mail to the HoTXSinC officers explaining why the blog didn’t come out as promised. Then I accessed this blog and began a new post. So far, nothing has frozen. Nothing has grayed out. I haven’t had to log off or reboot. Things are going swimmingly.

I don’t know why. I do know that if I logged on to Hotshots!, the system would freeze. I also know it’s after 1:00 a.m.

I agreed to edit the newsletter a couple of months ago. One of the Sisters said she would help. She’s creative. The first time we discussed our collaboration, she rattled off a list of ideas. I took notes. I have a strong suspicion that she should be editing and I should be helping.

I have another strong suspicion that I should give this computer a good swift kick and go to bed. And that is what I shall do.

I’ll think about all this tomorrow.

After all, tomorrow is another day.*


*Technically, it’s already tomorrow, and consequently, the same day. But poetic license dictates that technicalities be ignored. It’s another day.

6 thoughts on “All the news that’s fit to print

  1. These words have sustained me since I first read them aloud to my daughter at bedtime over a decade ago: “Today was difficult. Tomorrow will be better.”

    –Kevin Henkes, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse


    1. Lilly is one of the greatest philosophers of this or any other millennium. People who are more like Wemberly (Worried) need to hear from her from time to time. Thank you for quoting her.


  2. Ah, the delight of deadlines! All through school, I did my best work the night before something was due–or into the wee hours of that morning. Of course, hat was in the BC (before computer) age when the worst thing that could happen was your typewriter ribbon could run out. (I’m sure there will be those reading this saying What’s that?”) These days, I have another problem with deadlines–remembering them! Sigh…


    1. I know that drill. You start early, but the brain doesn’t kick in until the last minute. But with a self-imposed deadline, you’d think the brain could make some concessions.

      You remember typewriter ribbons? Carbon paper? Centering titles? Figuring margins? No erasures allowed? We must have been really, really smart back then.


  3. Deadlines are like buses. You dawdle for ages, squandering time with none at all on the horizon, and then three come along at once.

    I hope you get a fabulous nights sleep tonight….


    1. They certainly do, and they certainly did. And I got a fabulous night’s sleep, thank you, and a fabulous morning’s sleep as well.


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